Kadarius Calloway hopes playing for Alabama will lead to NFL dreams
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Philadelphia football player Kadarius Calloway always thought he wanted to play college football in Mississippi.
“At first I didn’t want to leave Mississippi...I always wanted to stay here.” Calloway said. “But if it’s better for me to get out of Mississippi to play ball then that’s what I’m going to do.”
Calloway recently committed to play for Alabama after committing to play for Mississippi State in the fall of 2019. For a while, it looked like Starkville was where the three-star recruit would end up, especially since his teammate and good friend Tulu Griffin signed to play for the Bulldogs in the fall.
“It was a hard decision. I always told him (Griffin) I wanted to play with him at the next level,” Calloway said. “We talked about my decision and he said ‘I’m behind you 100% in whatever you do'”.
According to Calloway, Alabama first showed interest in him at the end of the 2019 season when Philadelphia lost to Taylorsville in the MHSAA 2A Playoffs. After talking with defensive line coach Freddie Roach over the next few months, Calloway received a call in April from Coach Roach saying the program was going to extend an offer to him.
“It was a dream. I never knew I would wake up and say I got an offer from Alabama,” Calloway said. “I was so happy I couldn’t sit down for the next two-three hours and as soon as I posted I had an offer, people told me I better just commit now.”
Calloway said he is looking forward to playing under head coach Nick Saban, who he referred to as the G.O.A.T. and believes will help him one day fulfill his dream of making it to the NFL.
“He (Saban) has gotten multiple players to the league, first round in the draft and my dream is to go to the NFL,” Calloway said. “He told me he can’t wait for me to get down there to see him.”
With the NCAA extending the recruiting dead period through July 31 due to COVID-19, Calloway has not had a chance yet to visit the university but hopes to soon.
“I have never been down there at all but I can’t wait,” Calloway said. “Coach Saban said hopefully things will open back up by the end of the month and I told him I’m ready to come visit anytime.”
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